“I can’t believe it,” says Pope Mohammed standing over a toilet gripping the handle of a plunger. You are looking on leaning against the frame of the doorway.
“I can’t believe it,” repeats Pope Mohammed, breathing heavily as he plunges repetitively. “It gets clogged so easily.”
The fart sound of water sloshing around in ceramic echoes throughout the bathroom. Pope Mohammed’s pants are wet around the knees.
Once the tank refills with water again, Pope Mohammed pushes a test flush. The water exits quickly. It sounds like that old cash register sound but under water.
Pope Mohammed raises a fist. “Success,” he says.
Behind Pope Mohammed sits a barrel of cash. It’s chockfull of currency from all over the world — euros, dollars, rupees, etc. When Pope Mohammed asks for large sums of money from his vast, dedicated followers, they send checks in droves.
Pope Mohammed signs the back of each one, takes them to the bank, cashes them, and fills up water barrels around his home with money. Once a week, you’ll find Pope Mohammed heaping handfuls of cash into the toilet, and flushing all of it.
As he peels a wet $100 bill from the back of the toilet and drops it in the water, Pope Mohammed says, “All this shit ends up in the same place, anyway, doesn’t it?”
You watch as Ben Franklin’s face twirls around the bowl a few times and disappears.